November 26-December 12

[GHENT, NY] – After being shuttered for more than 11 months, The Ghent Playhouse is delighted to kick off its 2021-2022 season with a new take on the annual Panto production. “Rapunzel: The Tale of a Quaran-teen” is a zany twist of the classic story, written, acted, produced and directed by the always hilarious Pantaloons. The show runs November 26-December 12 and tickets are on sale now at

“Our family-friendly productions have all the elements of a traditional British pantomime: audience participation (booing, hissing, cheering), local and national politics, great characters, wonderful songs and lots of cross-dressing,” explained writer, director, actor and Artistic Director Cathy Lee-Visscher. “This year we turn the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale on its head. Rapunzel is the story of the girl all “tressed” up with nowhere to go… ‘cause she’s stuck in a tower with no doors, silly! Join us to see how it all turns out.”

Sam Reilly is Rapunzel.

“Rapunzel: The Tale of a Quaran-teen” marks the 21st anniversary of the Pantoloons. Founded by Judy Staber, the group originally performed at The Spencertown Academy, before moving to the Ghent Playhouse. “The Panto has become a local tradition for many people in the community,” Lee-Visscher said.

The cast includes Sam Reilly (Rapunzel), Cathy Lee-Visscher (Witch), Mark Wilson (Baker), Monk Schane-Lydon (Baker’s Wife), Emily Spateholts (Repugnant), Nellie Rustick (Prince Leopold), Joanne Maurer (Dr. Bony Ouchi) and Catherine Schane-Lydon (Narrator/Bartender).

“Rapunzel: The Tale of a Quaran-teen” at the Ghent Playhouse runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 26-December 12. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30pm, while Sunday matinees begin at 2:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online only at $23 for members, $28 for nonmembers, and $12 for students, with no additional processing fees.

All attendees must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination on arrival. Additionally, masks must be worn at all times inside the theater. For more information about The Ghent Playhouse Season, or to learn about upcoming auditions, visit or email

Coming soon:

  • “The Curious Savage”Jan. 28-Feb. 13
  • “Fun Home” March 25-April 10
  • “Last Train to Nibroc” May 20-June 5

For more information about this show or any other, or to learn about upcoming auditions, visit the website, email or call (518) 755-9278.

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